Magnolia Girls Outlasts Silver Knights
In a Jan. 11 opening round game of the Boggs Roundball Classic Tournament, the Blue Eagles of Magnolia used a 29-22 second-half advantage to get the win over the Silver Knight girls. The final score was 50-44, and the Blue Eagles were able to advance on to Saturday’s championship game against the Valley Lumberjills.
Magnolia opened the scoring in the game on a bucket by Mady Winters, but Tyler responded quickly and took the lead, 3-2, when Peyton Kocher drilled a three ball. Winters scored again and hit a free throw to give the Blue Eagles a 5-3 lead, but JoLee Walton followed up with a three-point shot, and the Knights went up 6-5. Both teams battled back and forth and the quarter ended tied, 12-12.
The second quarter was more of the same with the Knights getting a late bucket from Alexa Johnson to send the Knights into the locker room with a 22-21 lead. Amanda Reynolds and Kocher each hit a three-point shot in the quarter, and Walton added two free throws. Kendra Pilant hit six in the frame for the Blue Eagles.
Coming out after the break, the Knights could only manage seven points in the quarter. Johnson made three points, and Walton and Josey Jones each scored two points. Pilant hit for six of Magnolia’s nine in the quarter as the visitors went up by one.
Kocher added two more three-point shots in the fourth quarter, while Reynolds canned five and Jones added four. However, it wasn’t enough as New Martinsville scored 20 in the quarter on the back of Winters’ eight points to get the win.
Winters was the game’s leading scorer with 18, while Pilant added 16 for the Blue Eagles. Winter also grabbed 14 rebounds. Sienna Walker came through with nine points while Logan Riggs scored six and Kennedy Parsons added a foul shot.
For the Silver Knights, Kocher led the way with 14, including four three-point shots. Kocher added three steals. Reynolds scored 10 points and had three assists. Johnson added seven points and nine rebounds while Walton also ended with seven points, including a 4-4 showing from the line. Walton grabbed seven boards.
Jones rounded out the Knights’ scoring with six points all in the second half.
Tyler fell to 5-6 with the loss.
Undefeated Parkersburg Catholic takes down Silver Knights
Tyler Consolidated has had their ups and downs this season in girls basketball but one thing that can’t be said is that they quit trying.
On Jan. 9, the Crusaders brought their show to Tyler and showed why they are ranked among the best Class A schools in the state. Though the Crusaders went home with a 62-31 victory, the Silver Knights kept fighting till the end.
Catholic jumped out to an early 8-0 lead before Knights guard Josey Jones hit a bucket. Catholic responded quick with two more points before Jones canned another that accounted for all the Knights’ points in the first quarter. The Crusaders scored the next seven and at the end of one, it was 19-4 .
The second frame, however, saw the Knights come to life as they took it to Parkersburg and won the quarter, 15-12, thanks to a 30 foot jumper by Jones at the buzzer, sending them into the locker room down 31-19.
Parkersburg came out of the locker room fired up and outscored the Silver Knights, 18-6, in the third to put the game out of reach going into the last quarter.
Tyler ended with only 12 second half points, but it wasn’t from lack of effort as they just couldn’t seem to get anything to fall. Jones was the Knights only double figure scorer as she finished the night with 13 to lead the charge. Backing her up was Amanda Reynolds with six, while JoLee Walton and Regan Smith each had four. Miranda Weekley and Summer Miller both hit a bucket to end the scoring for the Knights. Jones also got six rebounds, and Reynolds and Jones each hit a three.
The Silver Knights won the JV game, 20-14, with Kelsey Vandruff leading the way with eight points.
“We’re not giving up! We’re going to get back to work and try and correct some things,” declared Coach Cathy Boggs.
“Our shooting was off a little, but I think their defense had something to do with that. We have a tough week ahead of us, and hopefully the girls will get some buckets to fall and we can get back on the winning track. This is a good group, but I think right now our confidence is down and we need a win,” the coach said.